I have to admit that I’m a bit of a lazy cook. I’m all for a
bit lot of baking, but when it comes to preparing dinner day in and day out, I like things to be easy as pie. I have come to the conclusion that it’s not the actual cooking process that I find tedious, but more-so the combination of the planning and shopping that is involved. Luckily, on my travels I have found recipe and food delivery services such as Hello Fresh and Jessica’s Recipe Bag (which has now sadly ceased trading). No planning involved and no shopping to be done. Just all delivered to my door ready for me to cook.
Over the past three months, I have also been testing out the Simply Cook recipe kits – a slightly different concept to the food delivery boxes as you do need to do your own shopping, but hey, I really do love to shop, no matter what it is for! You subscribe and pay £10 for a monthly delivery, which contains four ingredient kits (which are a mixture of pastes, seasoning blends, stocks, infused oils, spices, marinades or rubs) and four easy-to-follow recipe cards, et voila, dinner for two is served… Well, once you’ve taken a maximum of 20-25 minutes of your time to make it, that is.
So what are the pros and cons you ask? Well, aren’t you lucky that you’ve got me to tell you…
1: This little box is the perfect size as it fits through your letterbox – No waiting in for deliveries. Hurrah!
2: Every recipe that I have made has been absolutly delicious – bar one, which I’ll explain in the cons.
3: You can now select which four recipe kits you would like each month – Got a favourite? Then, order it again!
4: Most importantly, these meals are very healthy and there are many gluten free dishes to chose from.
5: There is a little tear-off section at the bottom of each recipe card, so you can simply rip it off and send someone off to the shop to get the goods. No excuse for forgetting anything!
6: Everything is easy to cook and takes no time at all.
7: The recipe list just keeps on growing.
1: I find that the stock they provide can be a little strong for some dishes – Especially when used in their Spiced Quinoa & Feta Salad – you can just use a little less if this is a problem for you.
2: If you are not the sort of person who has ingredients such a quinoa, sushi rice and couscous etc in your stock cupboard, the initial shop can be a little more expensive than you might be used to, but once you have them things get a little cheaper for future boxes.
3: I’d like to see less packaging, but Simply Cook’s customers swayed towards look over environment, when asked online. Booo.
Um, that’s it… There are no more cons. Amazing!
I know some people may think that £10 is a little steep for four boxes of what is effectively spices and stock, but it’s all about the ease here – No thought needed and no meal planning involved. I did try to copy one of the recipes by mixing up my own spices and it did taste pretty good, but it took me ages. To be perfectly honest, I’d much rather just tip it out of the pot rather than spend ages estimating the right balance of spices etc. Anyay, you can spread these recipes out over the month, so can easily balance out your food funds if needed.
My favourite dish so far has been the Iranian Vegetable Stew, but I’ve still got a lot to work my way though. I definetly think you should give it a go if you can. You won’t regret it.
Malaysian Laksa (Gluten-Free)
Spiced Quinoa & Feta Salad
Korean Lamb Chops